Ty Wigginton: plain spoken, hilarious


Andres Blanco was nailed trying to stretch a double into a triple in yesterday’s Rangers-Orioles game (video here).  Fun part about it that wasn’t evident from the video — but which is described in this Orioles Insider post — is that after the play, Blanco was jawing with Ty Wigginton over the putout. Which, as the video makes clear, was effected by Wigginton blocking the bag.

The fun part about it?  Wigginton’s response to Blanco:

Blanco got up, jawed at Wigginton, who kept raising his arm to indicate Blanco was out . . . When asked what specifically he said to Blanco, Wigginton deadpanned, “I just said, ‘You’re out.'”

I have no idea why I find this so hilarious but merely reading the account of this has me literally laughing out loud. Maybe I’m overreacting, but it seems like there’s a subtle genius on Wigginton’s part at work here, and I absolutely love it.

If umpires merely repeated “you’re out” or “it was fair” or “the ball beat the runner” and never moved off a simple declarative sentence like this we’d see way fewer ugly run-ins between managers and the boys in blue.  But we’d probably see way more hilarious outbursts from the managers, angry that they couldn’t egg the impassive ump into an argument.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.